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Match Reports for Saturday July 8th 2017

Posted by Various on 14/07/2017 20:00

Rahul Trivedi

1st XI

Former Wardens opening bowler Brinder Phagura devastated the Wardens batting in a thirteen over spell which saw him take 7 for 33 as the away side collapsed to 92 all out in only 35 overs.

WBD won the toss on a warm afternoon and invited Wardens to bat and it was to be Phagura’s pace and movement that sent Wardens to their second successive defeat.

The home side fielded quite beautifully as they accepted every catch offered picking up eight catches in all, seven of them shared between the wicketkeeper Ian Stevenson and his slip cordon.

Wardens lost Bath early, but moved on with little further alarm to 35 for 1 in the 10th over, before a spell of 10 balls from Phagura saw the visitors reduced to 42 for 5. First Basit Zaman was brilliantly caught at slip by Abid Ali, overseas-player Mankad was caught by wicket-keeper Stevenson for a duck, very quickly followed by opener Harry Johnson, whose steady 20 included 3 fours. Worse was to follow the very next ball when Donald was caught behind by Stevenson. Phagura at that stage having bowler figures of 5 for 19.

A period of relative calm ensued as Tom Brammer and youngster Dan Mousley fought to get the innings back on tract. A poor LBW decision against Mousley started yet another decline for the Wardens as he was quickly followed by Anwar and Junead Zaman, both caught in the slips, to give Phagure his sixth and seventh victims of the afternoon.

Despite a seventy ball rear guard action by Brammer, who scored not out 37 including four fours, the innings finally closed on 92, Wardens poorest score of the season.

Dartmouth’s reply was swift and brutal, the winning target reached in the 15th over.

Kadeer Ali and Amit John put the Wardens to sword after tea in much friendlier batting conditions. There 73 run opening partnership taking only 46 minutes, before Matt Hancock bowled Ali for 32, an innings that include five fours and a six.

One run later Warwickshires Liam Banks and John got into a mix-up that resulted in John being run-out for 36, that like Ali included five fours and one maximum.

Wardens bowling looked very ordinary, with only Hancock having any measure of the Dartmourth batting.

WBD completed their victory in the fifteen over with-out further alarm, but the warning signs are clear for Wardens, buck-up quickly or the second half of the season will be spent fighting relegation


2nd XI

Saturday saw Wardens 2nd XI welcome Astwood Bank 2nd XI to Glasshouse Lane. On winning the toss, stand-in skipper, Henderson, chose to bat on the used deck, hoping that it would assist the spinners as the match wore on.

B.Rex and the returning De Regt dutifully set about work on a pitch that seemed to be offering little assistance to the bowling side, dispatching any bad balls to the boundary clinically. They continued setting the foundations as both passed 50. The opening stand was finally broken with Rex the victim for a well crafted 58 and the score on 128-1 off 32 overs. Looking to accelerate the run rate Anthony (29) and McCreath (20) came and went, hitting some lusty blows before both were dismissed in the deep. Not to be deterred, De Regt (110) continued his beautifully paced innings finding the ropes with ease and, supported by Khan (16*), reached his century in the 49th over before being caught in the deep himself off the bowling of Haslem (4-69). Wardens posted a score of 266-7 from their 50 overs. 

In reply, Astwood Bank were restricted to 34-2 as a result of tight bowling from the Wardens opening pair of McCreath (1-30) and Khan (1-31). Smith (51) and Shepherd (41) rebuilt the innings and, just as they looked set to accelerate in search of the victory, Henderson introduced himself into the attack and clean bowled Shepherd with his first delivery. Sewell joined Smith at the crease and hit 2 almighty blows over the rope before his luck ran out, being fantastically caught by Clayton catching a tall steepler over his shoulder. Trivedi (2-60), then struck the very next ball to dismiss Smith leaving Astwood Bank looking to secure the losing draw. With the pitch staying true, testament to the ground staff, Astwood Bank managed to survive finishing on 204-6 off of their allotted overs, Clayton (1-21) claiming the only other wicket to fall. 

Wardens, collecting a well deserved 16 points, are now looking to reestablish their title credentials.  They host Leamington next week as the season heads into its 2nd half.


3rd XI

Kenilworth Wardens 3rd XI fell to their 9th defeat from 10 games in their Cotswold Hills League Division One campaign with a 93 run defeat at home to Lapworth 1st XI.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat, Lapworth made the most of half centuries from Ben Wright (66), Sean Cross (61*) and James Mason (51) to reach 260 for six wickets in their 45 overs. Ollie Morgan-Jones was the pick of the Wardens bowlers, taking 3 for 40 off his 9 overs, supported by Tharun Rajasekar with 2 for 42 off 8, but the home side failed to restrict the runs as Lapworth set their match winning total.

In reply, Wardens lost five early wickets to the bowling of Nick Spence (3-33), James Mason (2-9) and Mark Hadden (1-6), effectively putting the game beyond Wardens’ reach. Middle order resistance from Paul Smith (67), supported by Keith Berry (20) and Chris Porter (15) meant that Wardens were able to avoid being bowled out, reaching 167 for 9 off their 45 overs, but losing the game by 93 runs.


4th XI

Kenilworth Wardens 4th XI fell to a 91 run defeat in their Division 5 fixture away to Alcester and Ragley 2nd XI.

Wardens won the toss and elected to field, and made a promising start with Matt Davies (2-49) taking a couple of quick wickets to reduce the home side to 36 for two. However opener Gary Strain provided the backbone of Alcester and Ragley’s innings, carrying his bat for an excellent, unbeaten 122. Two further quick wickets raised the possibility of Wardens getting back into the game at 150 for four, but a positive 39 not out from Jethro Powell helped Strain take the game away from the visitors, with the innings closing on 248 for 4 off their 45 overs.

In response, Wardens made a solid start with openers John Casey (35) and Les Reid (17) putting on 48 in good time for the first wicket. Another good contribution from Stuart Johnson (34) and Harry Readman (22) offered the possibility of Wardens getting close to their victory target, but when Johnson was third man out with the score on 111, the Wardens innings slowly subsided, finishing on 157 all out in the 43rd over. Chris Dawson (4-40) and David Swinburn (3-19) were the main wicket takers for Alcester and Ragley.


5th XI

Defeat for Wardens 5th XI in their Division 6 fixture with local rivals Kenilworth CC 3rd XI completed a miserable weekend for the Wardens Cotswold Hills League sides.

Having lost the toss and been asked to bat, Wardens made a decent start, with opener Joe Mills (21) and number three L Oxley (25) taking the score to 48 for 1. The loss of Mills and Oxley in quick succession then triggered a dramatic collapse, as Ed Smith (2-13), Nick Moore (3-13) and M Dadswell (2-8) ran through the remaining line up as Wardens were dismissed for 93 in just 25.3 overs.

An early wicket for Sanjiv Ram (1-11) gave Wardens some hope, but an unbeaten 53 from Umer Umershanker, supported by 14 not out from Andrew Dadswell saw Kenilworth to 94 for one in the 19th over.